Harry Kellar, the inspiration for the character of the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz, was a stellar magician. In an introduction to a magic book, Illustrated Magic, Kellar wrote, “the end of all magic is to feed with mystery the human mind, which dearly loves mystery.”
For us, that means that the magic must ignite the imagination.
For Tricks, we do this in several ways.
First, by presenting magic that are mysteries. True mysteries. (Laughs are fine, and there are plenty of them, but we are unapologetic when it comes time to presenting mystery.)
Second, we provide context, both musically and visually, for each mystery. As Kenneth Burke wrote in A Grammar of Motives, the scene contains the act. The scene provides context for everything that will unfold. This is just as important for magic as it is for any piece of theatre.
To help set the scene, we have called upon video designer, Cameron Davis, to add his imagination to the mix. Drawing from historical archives, and from our respective personal collections, Cam has created projected imagery that sets each piece of magic in an historical or intellectual context.
The results are, dare I say, magical.